Aims and objectives

The ESCMID Study Group for Infectious Diseases of the Brain (ESGIB) aims to bring together international experts on diagnostics, treatment, and pathophysiology of infections of the brain. To advance our, we are committed to:

  • Organising meetings of research groups studying central nervous system (CNS) infections to enhance cooperation between diverse specialties, including neurology, infectious diseases, and microbiology
  • Developing clinical guidelines on CNS infections such as bacterial meningitis and brain abscesses
  • Offering teaching courses on clinical and experimental aspects of brain infections

Activities and resources

ESGIB Newsletter 1, 2023, March 2023

ESGIB Newsletter 2, 2023, June 2023

ESGIB Newsletter 3, 2023, December 2023

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of brain abscess in children and adults.

Bodilsen J, D'Alessandris QG, Humphreys H, Iro MA, Klein M, Last K, Montesinos IL, Pagliano P, Sipahi OR, San-Juan R, Tattevin P, Thurnher M, Rangel RJT, Brouwer MC; ESCMID Study Group for Infections of the Brain (ESGIB). Clin Microbiol Infect. 2024;30(1):66–89.

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Community-acquired Staphylococcus aureus meningitis in adults. 

Van Soest TM, Søndermølle MB, Brouwer MC, Chekrouni N, Larsen AR, Petersen A, van Sorge NM, Nielsen H, van de Beek D, Bodilsen J; DASGIB study group. J Infect. 2023;86(3):239–244.

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Pericytes are protective in experimental pneumococcal meningitis through regulating leukocyte infiltration and blood-brain barrier function.

Teske NC, Dyckhoff-Shen S, Beckenbauer P, Jan Philipp Bewersdorf, Engelen-Lee JY, Hammerschmidt D,Kälin R, Pfister HW, Brouwer MC, Klein M, Glaß R, van de Beek D, Koedel U. J Neuroinflammation. 2023;20(1):267.

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Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy treated by immune checkpoint inhibitors.

Boumaza X, Bonneau B, Roos-Weil D, Pinnetti C, Rauer S, Nitsch L, Del Bello A, Jelcic I, Sühs KW,Gasnault J, Goreci Y, Grauer O, Gnanapavan S, Wicklein R, Lambert N, Perpoint T, Beudel M, Clifford D, Sommet A, Cortese I, Martin-Blondel G, for the Immunotherapy for PMLStudy Group. Ann Neurol. 2023;93(2):257–270.

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Encephalitis in travellers: a prospective multicentre study.

Picard L, Mailles A, Fillâtre P, Tattevin P, Stahl JP; ENCEIF scientific committee. J Travel Med. 2023;30(2):taac145.

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Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to patients with CNS infections

Post-graduate course


Executive Committee

  Jacob Bodilsen

Jacob Bodilsen

Aalborg University Hospital. Infectious Diseases.
Aalborg, Denmark
  Marion Le Marechal

Marion Le Marechal

CHU de Grenoble
La Tronche, France
  Reinout van Crevel

Reinout van Crevel

Education Officer
Radboud University Medical Center
Nijmegen, Netherlands
  Emma Cecilia Wall

Emma Cecilia Wall

Science Officer
Francis Crick Institute.
London, United Kingdom
  Marco Rinaldo Oggioni

Marco Rinaldo Oggioni

University of Bologna
Bologna, Italy


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